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Located in the western coast of Canada, British Columbia is one of our clients' favourite destinations.

British Columbia

British Columbia is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, by the U.S. state of Alaska on the northwest, and to the north by the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, on the east by the province of Alberta, and on the south by the U.S. states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

 

British Columbia's land area is 944,735 km². Its rugged coastline stretches for more than 27,000 km, and includes deep, mountainous fjords and about six thousand islands, most of which are uninhabited

 

British Columbia's capital is Victoria, located at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. The province's most populous city is Vancouver, which is not on Vancouver Island but rather is located in the southwest corner of the mainland (an area often called the Lower Mainland).

 

The Coast Mountains and the Inside Passage's many inlets provide some of British Columbia's renowned and spectacular scenery. Seventy-five percent of the province is mountainous (more than 1,000 metres above sea level); 60% is forested; and only about 5% is arable.

 

British Columbia's cold winters can be severe in the interior and the north. Besides the cold, British Columbia can also have hot, dry summers in the interior and on the south coast often. On the south coast, British Columbia is very mild and wet. Since the ocean makes the weather less extreme. It is very wet because of the costal mountains right behind the south coast that attract clouds.

 

Vancouver - Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia with one of the mildest climates in Canada. Home to spectacular natural scenery and a bustling metropolitan core, Vancouver has also been home to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010.

 

Whistler - is a friendly ski town approximately 77 miles north of Vancouver. One of the many things that make Whistler so special is two unbelievable mountains - Whistler and Blackcomb. Side by side, they represent over 8000 acres of ski-able terrain, rising a mile above the valley of Whistler.

 

The pedestrian village has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler will host most of the alpine, Nordic and sliding events

 

Prince Rupert - situated 480 miles north of Vancouver and only a short distance from the Queen Charlotte Islands and Ketchikan Alaska. This is a place where eagles, bears, and whales outnumber people.

 

Vancouver Island - Nestled tightly along the lower south-western coast of British Columbia, Vancouver Island is rich in history and ripe with opportunities for outdoor adventure. Though only 300 miles from tip to tip, roughly the size of Holland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands offer a lifetime of wilderness and urban exploration.

 

In the very British capital city of Victoria, you can have high tea followed by a wild Zodiac ride in search of whales. The pastoral Gulf Islands include quiet beaches, stunning rainforests, arts and crafts communities and farmers’ markets.

 

Speaking of whales - if you want to see whales in their natural habitat then Vancouver Island is the place to be. One of the most exciting outdoor experiences is a tour to see the Orcas. About eighty of these huge, glossy, black and white marine mammals, also called killer whales, lie in the waters off the South Island coastline. Although they live in these waters year-round, the whales are most readily seen between May and October when they come closest to the shore in pursuit of salmon, the staple of a killer whale’s diet.

 

Tofino and Ucluelet are two gems secluded on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. In mid-spring, Grey whales begin their annual migration, passing right by Tofino. From mid-March to mid-April, Tofino and Ucluelet host the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, which is both a fascinating and educational event.

 

Port Hardy and Telegraph Cove, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, are another favourite for whale watching.

 

 

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